Protect Your Yard
Perimeter Sprays and Granules
Perimeter spray treatments are eco-friendly. The chemicals used today for tick control are much less toxic than in the past, and are used in very low concentrations. Additionally, Bifenthrin and permethrin do not leach through soil; these chemicals are degraded by soil microorganisms within the top 4 cm of the soil surface. Note: Pyrethroid products should not be applied around fish-containing ponds or streams.
Do Not Attract Wildlife
Ticks are brought to your yard by deer and become infected mainly by feeding on mice. Keep deer out by planting undesirable plants, installing deer fencing or applying deer repellents. Mice like to live in stonewalls, around sheds, woodpiles or any enclosed area they can get into. Clean up brush, keep stonewalls clear of leaves, move woodpiles away from daily activity. Birdfeeders also attract deer and rodents.
Eliminate Deer Habitat
Deer ticks are not out in the middle of your lawn, they live where yards border wooded areas, ornamental plantings and gardens, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. By raking leaves, trimming shrubs and low branches you can make certain areas where ticks cannot survive. Pay special attention to frequented border areas, woodpiles, stonewalls and sheds. Create borders of wood chips stone.
When larval blacklegged ticks hatch from eggs, they generally are pathogen-free. Ticks become infected with disease-causing pathogens when they feed on reservoir animals. Most studies support the notion that white-footed mice are the main reservoir host for Lyme disease, mice are the primary culprits for producing infected ticks. These mice are common and often quite abundant in rural settings such as Dover.